Florian Republic national rugby league team

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Florian Republic Florian Republic
Florian Republic rugby league logo.png
Nickname(s) The Millennials
Association Florian Republic Rugby League
Head Coach Morgan Maguire
Captain Bradley Croft
Top try-scorer Adam Rogers (17)
Top point-scorer Rhys Baxter
Home stadium Sports City
Farrar International Stadium
FMRL code FLO
FMRL ranking 1
Highest FMRL ranking 1
Lowest FMRL ranking 10
First international
Florian Republic Florian Republic 20–10 Tellia Tellia
Biggest win
Hoenn Hoenn 6–88 Florian Republic Florian Republic
Biggest defeat
Birgeshir Birgeshir 42–4 Florian Republic Florian Republic
Rugby League World Cup
Appearances 1
Best result 3rd Place

The Florian Republic national rugby league team is the national rugby league team of the Florian Republic. The team is administered by the Florian Republic Rugby League. On the 20th June, it beat Tellia 20-10 in its first ever match. Since then the Millennials have regularly competed in international competition such as the ARL Championships, FMRL Six Nations and FMRL World Cup. The team also competes in minor tournaments and in 2017, they contested the Williams Shield against Etourney which comfortably won.

History

First matches

In 2017, the Florian Republic came into existence and early in its history rugby league became extremely popular as the sport rapidly became popular among the working class people in the country, whilst rugby union suffered due to lack of interest from upper-class citizens. Several amateur clubs were formed before 12 of them became fully professional, leading to the formation of the Florian Super League, later on, most of the remaining clubs would become professional and join the semi-professional leagues below the Super League. Only three days after the formation of the country, the national team would play its first international against Tellia.

Failure to qualify for the 2017 FMRL World Cup

After formation, the Florian Republic entered qualification for the 2017 FMRL World Cup, which was held in Vyktory. There were high expectations for the team to qualify as group winners however then teams qualifying campaign was a disaster. Playing Gerenia in their competitive debut, a poor performance lead to a 30-12 defeat. A week later, the team travelled to Lamantia and drew 24-24 in a tight game. It got even worse for the team as they were embarrassingly hammered by Gerenia 40-6 leading to huge riots after the game and the eventual sacking of James Noble, the manager at the time. A week later, Jack Rowley a hugely successful manager at a domestic level was appointed and the appointment paid off as the team thrashed Lamantia 40-0 at home in their final qualifying match. With a chance of reaching the repechage round of the qualifiers still possible, hopes of reaching the repechage rounds were thwarted after results did not go their way in the last game of the qualifying group, thus the team did not qualify for the main tournament.

2018-present

The team started off 2018 with a test match against Mercury national rugby league team. In a close encounter, the team lost 36-24 in a thrilling game. It was also the teams first defeat since their embarrassment during the 2017 FMRL World Cup qualification tournament. A few days, The team shocked the rugby league world a few days after they beat the World Champions, Senya 22-18 in a packed Northcliff Arena. To prepare for the 2018 ARL Championships, the team toured Keltia playing the likes of Tellia,Nova English Korea and old foes, Mercury. The team received a huge shock when in the semi-finals of the competition, after an ill-disciplined and poor display was beaten by Craitland and therefore crashed out of the tournament. The Florian Republic competed at the rugby league tournament at the 2018 Micras Games and won the tournament famously beating huge rivals Mercury in the group stage and final. After the Micras Games success, the team competed in the 2018 FMRL Four Nations for the first time. The team made a brilliant start to the tournament beating World no. 1 Mercury 24–10 before a shock 32–24 loss to Birgeshir. After the defeat, this lead to the team having to beat hosts and title holders Senya if they wanted to progress to the final as all teams were tied on 2 points. The team reached the final in what is seen as the greatest win the team has ever done. In front of a very packed and hostile Senyan crowd at the ĴetsStad, The Florian Republic inflicted a huge 46-6 win over the hosts and title winners dumping them out of the tournament in humiliating fashion. After the game, the team finished top of the group stage and faced old rivals Mercury in the grand final, winning the game. The 2018 FMRL World Cup ended up as a nightmare for the team as shock losses between Nova English Korea and Birgeshir and an unconvincing win over Zandarijin lead to the team finishing 3rd in Group B. This led to Jack Rowley unfairly sacked three days before the Quarter Finals. In a wet very quarter-final between hosts Senya, in a world record crowd saw the World Cup's first-ever tryless with Rhys Baxter kicking 3 penalty goals to victory. The Semi-Finals sent the Florians back to down to Micras and arrogance by fans removed after the team were thrashed 42-4 by bogey team, Birgeshir. ON the 10th December 2018, it was announced that Northsilver Panthers Coach, Morgan Maguire would take over the team after the World Cup. He was also appointed the Great Floria coach on the same day. The 2019 Apollonian Series was a great success with Great Floria beating Craitland comfortably in both tests. The series was supposed to be the only international fixtures played in 2019 as the FMRL approved a change of having the FMRL World Cup every two years instead of one. However, the FMRL also decided to host the FMRL Six Nations in years without a World Cup, and therefore the team competed in and won the inaugural edition, winning every group match and brushing aside Mercury in the final 36-8.

Identity

Kit

Florian Republic RL Kit 2020.png 250px

Kit manufacturer

Year Kit Manufacturer
2017-2018 EV2
2018-2020 Chevron
2020- EV2

Media coverage

FBC Sport have the rights to screen all international games. They show every tournament the Florian Republic competes in such as the FMRL World Cup, as well as all the Six Nations, and minor tournaments.

Coaching staff

Head coach Morgan Maguire
Assistant coach Luke Hayes
Assistant coach Blake Slater
First team coach Reece Rogers
Team manager Louis Henderson
Fitness coach Tom Farrar
Media Manager Hunter Warner
Physiotherapist Rhys Mills

Managerial history

Appointed Dismissed Manager P W D L Win %
17th June 2017 13th August 2017 James Noble 4 1 1 2 25%
14th August 2017 30th November 2018 Jack Rowley 25 18 0 9 72%
30th November 2018 20/02/2019 Sandro Betts (Interim) 3 2 0 1 66%
20th February 2019 present Morgan Maguire 7 7 0 0 100%

Players

Squad for 2020

Player Club Position
1 Kyle Matthews Florian Republic Northcliff Roosters Fullback
2 Max Elliott Florian Republic Northsilver Panthers Wing
3 Ben Rogers Florian Republic Stonehall Rhinos Wing
4 Leo Bell Florian republic flag.png Northcliff Roosters Centre
5 George Baker Florian Republic Stonehall Rhinos Centre
6 Andrew Watkins Florian republic flag.png Stonehall Rhinos Stand-off
7 Nathan Chambers Florian republic flag.png Southern Storm Scrum Half
8 Bradley Croft Florian republic flag.png Southern Storm Prop
9 Jesus Skinner Florian republic flag.png Havenbarrow Wolves Hooker
10 Scott Matthews Florian republic flag.png Northcliff Roosters Prop
11 Sean Powell Florian republic flag.png Stonehall Rhinos Second Row
12 James Cronk Florian republic flag.png Southern Storm Second Row
13 Jenson Cole Florian republic flag.png Havenbarrow Wolves Loose Forward
14 Leo Bromwich Florian republic flag.png Southern Storm Sub
15 Darnell Griffen Florian republic flag.png Havenbarrow Wolves Sub
16 Luke Moon Florian republic flag.png Stonehall Rhinos Sub
17 Kyrie Shepard Florian republic flag.png Meadowedge Warriors Sub
18 Kayden Fox Florian republic flag.png Meadowedge Warriors Sub
19 Nicholas Foster Florian republic flag.png Northsilver Panthers Sub
20 Sam Lee Florian republic flag.png Stonehall Rhinos Sub
21 Cameron Bromwich Florian republic flag.png Southern Storm Sub
22 Riley Bates Florian republic flag.png Northcliff Tigers Sub
23 Taylor Cox Florian republic flag.png Northcliff Roosters Sub
24 Liam Gale Florian republic flag.png Northcliff Tigers Sub

Competitive record

Chronological competitive participation

World Cup record

World Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld
Vyktory 2017 Did not qualify
2018 Semi-Finals 3rd Place 6

FMRL Four/Six Nations

Six Nations Record
Year Round Position Pld
2018 Winners 1st out of 4 4
2019 Winners 1st out of 6 6

ARL Championship record

ARL Championships Record
Year Round Position Pld
2018 Semi-Finals 3rd Place 2
2019 Final Winners 3

Micras Games

Micras Games Record
Year Round Position Pld
2018 Final Gold medal icon.png 1st 5

Minor tournaments

Upcoming Fixtures

Date Match type Venue Opposition

Florian Republic 'A'

Upcoming fixtures for the national 'A' team.

Date Match type Venue Opposition

Rivalries

Supporters of the Florian Republic national rugby league team consider Mercury as their main rivals. However, matches against Craitland and Senya have had heated affairs in the past.

Culture

Fans

Rugby league is the national sport of the Florian Republic and the sport is treated almost like a religion. Fans are loud and aggressive and on match days the fans are very vocal and the majority of them stand for long periods of the game. Flares are regularly set off and the majority wave the national flag. The atmosphere is intimidating and fans of the opposition are advised to travel and watch the match under high security.

The Bas Tanec (War Dance)

A Bas Tanec is a traditional dance of the people of the Florian Republic and the Florian Republic national rugby league team perform the dance before their international matches.

Honours

Flag

The Florian Republic has used the following flags during its FMRL affiliation:

2017 2017–
Florian Republic Florian Republic